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Philippines: Davao City agri to refurbish rooftop garden

DAVAO. In a bid to make it into an ideal agri-tourism destination, the City Agriculture’s Office is set to refurbish the rooftop garden at the City Hall Annex Building along Pichon St. (SunStar file photo)

“We cannot just tell everybody to have an organic urban garden at home when we don’t have it here. That’s why we have this model garden to show them that it’s doable even with limited space,” he added.

By Jennie P. Arado
SunStar
Apr 13, 2018

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The 250-square meter (sqm) roof deck garden, located on the roof deck of the City Agriculture’s Office building along Pichon St., was first launched December of 2016. During the launching, invited guests saw the different organic vegetables, herbs, and spices grown in the garden.

During an interview with CAO head Leo Brian Leuterio, they target the refurbished rooftop garden to look like a homestead. Within the 250-sqm total area of the rooftop garden, they are going to allot a 50-sqm space intended for a specialized homestead, which Leuterio said will hopefully create the impression to the visitors that urban gardening is doable and that space is not a limitation to do gardening.

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April 21, 2018   Comments Off on Philippines: Davao City agri to refurbish rooftop garden

Philippines: City launches urban gardening project

Cagayan: The City Government launched the fourth phase of the Urban Container Household Gardening (UCHG), an inter-agency effort aimed at adopting organic farming methods in urban areas.

By Pamela Jay Orias
Sunstar
Feb 28, 2018

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The relaunched project now targets some 400 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of barangays 1 to 40, Camaman-an, Consolacion, Macabalan, and Nazareth.

The program urges residents to plant vegetables in their backyard. The city has allocated P400,000 for the project.

This time, the city has tapped the Technical Education and Skills Authority (Tesda), Department of Education (DepEd), and the Ayala Foundation, among others to help train the beneficiaries on household waste segregation, and how these can be actually used for their gardening.

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March 7, 2018   Comments Off on Philippines: City launches urban gardening project

Philippines: Urban backyard farming pushed in Quezon City by Vice Mayor Belmonte

Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte (2nd from right) leads the harvesting of hydrophonically-grown mustard and lettuce plants at the Aguinaldo Elementary School (AES) in Quezon City, 2011.

“Anyone who wants to set up their own urban farm in their backyard, just come and coordinate with us. We will give them seeds,” the vice mayor said

By Alladin S. Diega
Business Mirror
February 19, 2018

AN official of the local government of Quezon City is calling for its residents to seriously embrace backyard farming, as there are enough material support for this undertaking available.

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is inviting city residents to support the urban farming program of the city government by setting up their own backyard farms or gardens.

Belmonte said her office will provide start-up kits, such as farming tools, seedlings and fertilizers to anyone interested, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

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February 25, 2018   Comments Off on Philippines: Urban backyard farming pushed in Quezon City by Vice Mayor Belmonte

Manila, Philippines: Editor’s rooftop garden produces beautiful veggies

From 15 potted eggplants, he can harvest 1.5 kilos of fruit in one week, enough for his family’s favorite eggplant omelette.

Edgar Godin, editor of Bisaya Magazine published by the Manila Buletin, is a rooftop gardener. From just a 16-square meter rooftop atop their sari-sari store in Bulacan, he can produce more vegetables than what his family can consume.

By Zac B. Sarian
Manila Bulletin
Jan 10, 2018

Excerpt:

Edgar planted 15 eggplant seedlings and 20 okra. These were more than what he usually planted previously of these two veggies. They were in addition to the camote, kangkong, pechay and two varieties of pepper that were already growing. His intention was to have extra harvest that he could sell in their sari-sari store.

He related that by the last week of September, he started harvesting from the eggplant and okra. Because the rooftop garden was very visible to passers by, many of them inquired if fruits were already available. Edgar estimates that he was able to harvest 1.5 kilos of eggplant and 20 to 30 pieces of okra every week during the whole month of October. And he was able to sell what his family could not consume.

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January 17, 2018   Comments Off on Manila, Philippines: Editor’s rooftop garden produces beautiful veggies

Philippines: Taguig, Manila launches newest urban farm on its Charter Day celebration

Taguig Integrated Urban Farm. And watch evening, opening celebrations here.

The city’s agriculture office chief assured their urban gardening program favors organic farming where pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics, and growth hormones are not used on crops.

By Martin Sadongdong
Manila Bulletin
December 9, 2017
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City Agriculture Office officer-in-charge Emelita Solis said the urban farm integrated various kinds of urban farming setups like gardens showcasing vertical farming to wooden rack and pole gardens.

She said the creation of the integrated farm served as one way to engage residents in urban farming practices for food production.

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December 10, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Taguig, Manila launches newest urban farm on its Charter Day celebration

Philippines: Solon Calls For Passage Of Urban Agriculture Act

AGRI Partylist Rep. Orestes Salon made the call on Tuesday after the House Committee on Food Security consolidated four measures seeking to promote the use of urban agriculture in all urban areas in the Philippines. (Photo: Rep. Orestes T. Salon/Facebook)

“The urgency of addressing our nation’s food security should guide us in our actions,” Salon said.

By Philippine News Agency
October 10, 2017

Excerpt:

Salon said the proposed law could help improve the country’s food supply and could positively impact employment and income generation for urban settlers.

Under the bill, an Office of Urban Agriculture shall be established by the Department of Agriculture.

The said office shall be mandated to study and make recommendations regarding the impact of urban agriculture and vertical farming in metropolitan communities, and develop a research agenda on urban agriculture.

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October 12, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Solon Calls For Passage Of Urban Agriculture Act

Philippines: Urban design integrates urban agriculture through a strategic participatory approach

MALAKAS! 40-minute documentary film that tells the story of three barangays (villages) in Cagayan de Oro City

By Jeannette Tramhel in partnership with Manila filmmaker, Mario AV Guzman.
Published on Nov 12, 2010

MALAKAS! is a 40-minute documentary film that tells the story of how three barangays (villages) in Cagayan de Oro City in the Philippines were engaged in a community participatory process to design their own systems of organic waste management in support of local food production.

The film and the project it documents were made possible by a Graduate Research and Design ECOPOLIS Award from Canada’s International Development Research Centre. It was written, directed and produced by Jeannette Tramhel in partnership with Manila filmmaker, Mario AV Guzman. The video is available in English only.

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July 12, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Urban design integrates urban agriculture through a strategic participatory approach

Philippines: Baguio launches backyard gardening contest, urges residents to help produce food

Self-taught agriculturist Danny Agliam is being invited to be a resource speaker in several trainings to share his knowledge on urban agriculture, which he has been practicing for several years now in his rooftop garden at P. Zamora Street in Baguio City. Photo Harley Palangchao.

The councilor said the search also aims to encourage residents to produce medicinal plants which in the long run will help preserve the biodiversity of traditional plant varieties.

By Liza Agoot
Philippines News Online
10/05/2017

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Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr., chairman of the committee on trade, commerce and agriculture at the city council who spearheads the search, said “the main objective of this program is the establishment of urban gardens or backyard farms in the city to promote organic food production particularly among the marginalized sector of the population in order to achieve a degree of food security and diversity.”

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May 19, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Baguio launches backyard gardening contest, urges residents to help produce food

Philippines: Mati City promotes backyard gardening

DAVAO. Green community. (Contributed Photo by Arjoy Ceniza)

Championing agriculture and environment conservation can happen within anyone’s backyard.

By Ace June Rell S. Perez
Sun Star Daveo
May 1, 2017

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Implemented initially in three barangays in the city (Central, Dahican, Makambol), the program is planned to be replicated in other 26 barangays in Mati within this year.

Vice Mayor and Barangay Integration for the Development and Action (Bida) Program director Glenda Rabat-Gayta said in an interview that this is to cater the growing demand of the program in each community.

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May 7, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Mati City promotes backyard gardening

Speaker promotes urban agriculture at Philippines’ 2017 Science Awards Ceremonies

Gardening in schools is the most viable approach to urban agriculture to produce larger quantities of crops since many schools (at least in Metro Manila) still have a lots of green spaces

By Dr. William Dar
The Manila Times
Apr 7, 2017

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So far, urban agriculture has yet to take root, literally, in many urban areas in the Philippines – just look at the many vacant spaces in Metro Manila and elsewhere where urban agriculture is very feasible. The empty rooftops of many high-rise or even low-rise buildings can also be utilized for urban agriculture.

Urban agriculture is not only limited to growing crops, primarily vegetables: it also includes the growing of trees, and raising of animals and fish. It could also be integrated into the urban economic and ecological system of an urban area.

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April 16, 2017   Comments Off on Speaker promotes urban agriculture at Philippines’ 2017 Science Awards Ceremonies

Philippines: Department of Agriculture to turn military idle lands into vegetable farms


New logo of the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines.

She added that it will also showcase small-scale food production model in camps for the households and communities to replicate, purposely to promote family food security.

By Philippine News Agency
Manila Bulletin
Feb 6, 2017

Excerpt:

“We will teach our military men the technologies on vegetable production and also showcase their farm to encourage neighboring communities to go into vegetable farming,” Oñate said.

Representatives from various Infantry Battalions (IB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Davao region already participated in the orientation and hands-on training on vegetable production conducted by the DA-11.

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February 11, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Department of Agriculture to turn military idle lands into vegetable farms

Philippine lawmakers pushes urban farming bills

Reps. Estrellita Suansing (1st District, Nueva Ecija), House of Representative Quezon City, Philippines

The bills define urban farming as “any act of farming in a city using land or the space of a building, including the roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation through the use of any growing medium such as pots, plots, and membranes.”

Manilla Standard
Jan 27, 2017

Excerpt:

Suansing said her HB 2818, titled “An Act Promoting Integrated Urban Agricultural Development in All Metropolitan Areas Nationwide to Address Food Security Concerns”, aims to promote self-sufficiency in food production and build climate-resilient communities; institutionalize integrated farming in highly urbanized cities and municipalities nationwide; and lessen the incidence of poverty in highly urbanized areas and promote the importance of healthy nutrition among the people.

The country’s population is continuously growing, hence ensuring food security is an urgent concern, according to Suansing, chairperson of the committee on ecology.

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January 30, 2017   Comments Off on Philippine lawmakers pushes urban farming bills

Philippines: Retired Police Officer Wants to Use Square Foot Gardening to Rehabilitate Drug Offenders

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CAGAYAN DE ORO. Retired police officer Honorio Cervantes in his organic farm at Zone 5, Barangay Pagatpat, this city. An advocate of square foot gardening, he dreams that his gardening method will be a model project to the youth and even former drug personalities.

“As a farmer, I have this movement I call FAITH which means ‘Food Always in the Home’.

By Abigail Viguella
Sun Star
Oct 1, 2016

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A retired city police director and a barangay kagawad, Cervantes is aware of the inevitable dilemma of drug dependents who have already surrendered. The square foot urban gardening may be a venue for recovery and reconciliation with one’s self, he noted.

“It is amazing how far this project has come. Agriculture specialists, agriculture majors, and even common farming enthusiasts are now coming to my farm just to have me discuss this method to them,” said Cervantes.

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October 6, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: Retired Police Officer Wants to Use Square Foot Gardening to Rehabilitate Drug Offenders

Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

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These are sprouted vegetable seedlings which are harvested for salad soon after they have developed a few true leaves. They are very tender and nutritious.

Growing food plants in the urban setting can be undertaken as a personal hobby to grow plants for home consumption or it can also be undertaken as an honest-to-goodness money-making project

By Zac Sarian
MB.com
September 4, 2016

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Fresh vegetables and fruits as well as processed products will be available for sale to the visitors. Other items will include grow bags, growing media, seeds, ready-to-plant seedlings, planting materials of exotic fruit trees, organic fertilizers, garden tools, and many others.

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September 10, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

Philippines: A school for farmers, including one in the city

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Sen. Cynthia Villar urges landowners to put up their own schools for farmers, one school in every town for the convenience of farmer-trainees.

Let our school serve as a model for owners of farms and idle lands to set up their farm schools, train our farmers to improve their incomes and become agricultural entrepreneurs,” Senator Villar insists.

By Jullie Yap Daza
Manila Bulletin
August 28, 2016

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To practice what she has been preaching, Senator Villar put up her family’s Sipag Farm School, not in some out-of-the-way place but just 10 minutes from her home in Las Piñas. The school, at the boundary of Las Piñas and Bacoor City, sits in the middle of a seven-hectare property where fruit trees, bamboo, vegetables like eggplant and squash, herbs, orchids, and even wild flowers grow – it’s hard to imagine this patch of green in an urban setting, especially when you hear the roar of Molino Dam, a mini- Niagra Falls, whenever rain swells the tributaries from Cavite and Laguna and sends the cafe au lait-brown flood waters rushing and thundering past the senator’s cottage, under her feet, inches from the swimming pool.

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September 3, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: A school for farmers, including one in the city